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The Enemy of My Enemy

Our leftie friends at Mother Jones put it this way: Benjamin Netanyahu just mansplained Iran to Obama Er, okay. Glad you said that because there'd be no end to it if some rightie guy sneered that Obama was our first female president. For what it's worth, I prefer mansplaining to 'Bamsplaining, where he peddles a lot of gaseous pap interrupted by cheap digs at straw men and all delivered in that set-your-watch-by-it left-right prompter-swivel. (To stick with the Mother Jones shtick, real men ...

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Susan Rice Goes Full Triple But...

We are bedeviled by what Joe Biden would assuredly call "but buddies". I'm wearily familiar with all those civilizational sell-outs who begin "Of course, I'm in favor of free speech but..." Whatever follows the "but" means the bit before the "but" is not true. Still, it's a riskier rhetorical device to try before a live crowd. At AIPAC yesterday, Susan Rice acknowledged that there were those who wanted Iran to forgo all domestic nuclear enrichment capacity. At which the crowd cheered and indeed ...

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The Warmish Inquisition

The news this last week reminded me of a piece of mine from May, called "Michael E Mann: Liar, Cheat, Falsifier and Fraud" (I toned down the headline upon the advice of counsel). Therein I wrote: It's always fun in a legal battle to have something bigger at stake than a mere victory. In Canada, we put the "human rights" system itself on trial, to the point where the disgusting and indefensible "hate speech" law Section 13 was eventually repealed by Parliament. It seems to me that in this ...

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Planet of the Llamas

On Thursday, I kept my weekly date on The Hugh Hewitt Show, just in time for the big news of the day...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

For Valour

The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth's highest decoration for valour on the battlefield. Yesterday it was awarded to the first living Briton for action in the Afghan war...

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Conflation Abounds

I bailed on the Academy Awards halfway through that terrible, overwrought opening song, "Moving Pictures". "That's a Tony number, not an Oscar number," I scoffed, and went off to shampoo the cat while singing "Hooray For Hollywood"...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Defend Free Speech!

Romancing the Stone

I'm a little under the weather (which is not as chronic as being under the climate), but I wanted to add something to what I said the other day about thug operator Raúl Grijalva, Democrat Representative from Arizona and Ranking Member of the House UnEnvironmental Activities Committee. It is not a small thing when even a jumped-up twerp hack announces that the national legislature of the world's superpower is targeting seven private citizens for disagreeing with him. In this case Commissar ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

When Your Lover Has Gone

ImageE A Swan?

Who's he?

Well, if you saw Frank Sinatra on stage, pretty much right up till the end in the Nineties, there would come a moment when he'd say something along the lines of:

Now we have a song that's very beautiful ...and a little bit sad. It was written by a gentleman called Einar Swan...

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Mark at the Movies

Kingsman: The Secret Service

A few days ago I wrote: The Oscars? Oh, I'd hoped Interstellar might win a special Academy Award for Most Intriguing Villain for Matt Damon's portrayal of insane megalomaniac scientist "Dr Mann". Alas not. But the other night I went to see the Colin Firth spy caper Kingsman, and once again the world-domination super-villain was a climate-change madman, played by a lithping Samuel L Jackson, who manages to recruit an Obama lookalike president to his deranged scheme. We had a bit of mail about ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

All Of Me

Gerald Marks lived 96 years and change, and toward the end of that long life I had the pleasure of hearing him explain to me how all hit songs are happy accidents. He attributed the success of his tune "All Of Me" to two such accidents, one of which was less of an accident than a personal tragedy...

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